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Sororities Reconsider Recruitment

Sororities Reconsider Recruitment

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Whitman sororities had one of the lowest quotas for incoming pledge classes ever this year, dipping from 24 to 11 people. The recruitment process for the sororities at Whitman occurred earlier this month, taking place on and off campus as current sorority members met with potential new members, mos...

Exclusion and the Decline of Greek Life

Alondra Contreras, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

What has been happening with Greek life this year? That is a great question and I know there has been many remarks about the way Greek life at Whitman has been handling certain situations. Last year, there was a huge problem with folks reporting being drugged at Greek functions. Whether or not the s...

TKE Grapples With Basement Writing

TKE Grapples With Basement Writing

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

May 3, 2018


Filed under Greek Life, NEWS

This past weekend, The Wire received an anonymous email reporting racist and misogynistic writing in the basement of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), along with a photo. The writing reads “Not Afraid to ‘Hard R’” and “Tinder Slut.” The report came at the tail end of a tumultuous Greekend this year, wi...

The “White Moderate” Problem: Diversity and Inclusion in Greek Life at Whitman

Claire Ommen, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Throughout this year, members of the Whitman Greek community have begun to grapple with racism in Greek Life’s past – and present. Sophomore Kylin Brown, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion on Whitman Panhellenic, is currently involved in a project to research the history of racism within th...

Tokenization in Greek Life

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

March 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As an international student, my idea of Greek Life was very tainted. On one hand, you had the rich, stuck-up jocks who took pleasure in being called “Frat Boys” and in hazing pledges. On the other side, there were the female counterparts in sororities who reminded me of the evil trio from the movie...

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining Hall isn’t scheduled to open until a few months after the Fall 2018 semester begins, students will file into the new...

Greek Life Attracts Fewer New Members

Greek Life Attracts Fewer New Members

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

September 27, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Sororities and fraternities this year both experienced a low turnout for recruitment and rush, resulting in smaller pledges classes all around. The fraternities received a total of 53 pledges, notably below their goal of 60. Sororities, which balance and distribute bids, lowered their pledge class size...

Greek Life: Tragedy or Comedy?

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

April 13, 2017


Filed under OPINION

American universities across the nation are experiencing new and unforeseen questions of established college norms. Among the institutions questioned is Greek Life. Many detractors would say they perpetuate unhealthy behavior and exclusive social status. I can see all of these points as reasonable s...

Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Another Whitman student reported unknowingly ingesting dissociative “date rape” drugs on Saturday night. The drugging reportedly occurred at an all-campus party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The incident comes on the heels of a similar string of dissociative druggings late last semester...

Op-Ed: Rethinking Greek Life at Whitman

Nolan Bishop

November 17, 2016


Filed under OPINION

The Greek system has been an integral part of Whitman College since 1912, when the trustees and overseers of the college approved the charter for Phi Mu, Whitman’s first sorority. Since then, Greek life at Whitman has evolved alongside the college, with tens of thousands of students participating in Gr...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay

November 10, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2016


Filed under ASWC, NEWS

Sophomore Paris Fox and senior Jack Anderson will fill the two vacant seats in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) senate. Last week a special election was held to determine who would become the new sophomore and senior senators, and the results of the special election were released this...

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